-- ROB --
A U-W SCIENTIST.
MAKES A SIGNIFICANT DISCOVERY THAT COULD AFFECT CHILDREN
-- JENNIFER --
THE DOCTOR SAYS, CHANGING AN AUTISTIC CHILD'S *DIET
COULD DECREASE THE NUMBER OF SEIZURES THEY HAVE.
NATS: I'm just going to put a pipette tip on..:06
DOCTOR CARA WESTMARK HAS SPENT YEARS IN THIS LAB.
QUICK NATS: PIPETTE
IN THE LAST TWO, SHE MADE A DISCOVERY THAT COULD TRANSFORM
HOW CHILDREN WITH AUTISM ARE TREATED, PARTICULARLY
IF THEY HAVE SEIZURES.
CARA WESTMARK/UW MADISON DEPT.
OF NEUROLOGY says It was quite a surprise when the
diet alone had an affect on the seizure rates..:25
ORIGINALLY STUDYING A DRUG SHE HOPED WOULD STOP SEIZURES
DOCTOR WESTMARK REPLACED THEIR SOY-BASED FOOD WITH
A DAIRY-BASED ONE, AND THE NUMBER OF SEIZURES SURPRISINGLY
DROPPED IN HALF.
SHE THEN STUDIED THE DATA COLLECTED BY A NATIONAL
ORGANIZATION OF NEARLY 2-THOUSAND AUTISTIC CHILDREN.
AND FOUND IF THEY ATE SOY FORMULA, THEY HAD TWO AND
A HALF TIMES AS MANY SEIZURES THAN THOSE WHO DIDN'T.
CARA says, If I had a child and couldn't breast feed
or give a cow milk based formula, I would talk to
There are alternatives to soy out there, so I would
not used a soy-based formula..:56
DOCTOR WESTMARK SAID.
SOY IS A WIDESPREAD INGREDIENT IN MANY FOODS AND ITS
HIGH LEVEL OF PLANT HORMONES COULD BE WHAT'S IMPACTING
AS MANY AS ONE IN EVERY 88 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED
CARA says, We were excited if a dietary intervention
could at least help because the rates are rising so
THIS RECENTLY PUBLISHED STUDY COULD HELP TREAT SEIZURES
AND PREVENT NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE OR LIFELONG PROBLEMS,
CARA says, If they have fewer seizures, then perhaps
the behavior would be better..:24
THE DOCTOR ADMITS FURTHER STUDIES, LIKE A CLINICAL
TRIAL COULD HELP STRENGTHEN HER FINDINGS.
MEANING, EVEN MORE LAB TIME.
FOR CARA WESTMARK.
-- JENNIFER --
KEEP IN MIND, THIS NEWS AFFECTS ONLY CHILDREN WITH
DOCTOR WESTMARK HASN'T STUDIED HOW SOY MIGHT IMPACT
KIDS WITHOUT DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.